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July 2016


From The Eponymous Pickle

Towards IoT Standards Alliances

Towards IoT Standards Alliances

Towards IoT alliances to create useful standards for the smart home.  Will this lead to improved security as well?    Could also lead to more standardized data for analytics.


From insideHPC

NSF to Invest $35 million in Scientific Software

NSF to Invest $35 million in Scientific Software

Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two major awards to establish Scientific Software Innovation Institutes (S2I2). The awards, totaling $35 million over 5 years, will support the Molecular Sciences Software


From The Eponymous Pickle

Bayesian Learning Explained

Bayesian Learning Explained

In KDNuggets.  Good piece on Bayesian learning.  Comparison made to frequentist statistical reasoning.  Could have used this some time ago to explain the idea to some colleagues.   Still technical, but links well to real world


From insideHPC

University of Maryland and U.S. Army Research Lab to Collaborate on HPC

University of Maryland and U.S. Army Research Lab to Collaborate on HPC

Today the University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) announced a strategic partnership to provide HPC resources for use in higher education and research communities. As a result of this synergistic


From The Eponymous Pickle

Combining Human and Machine Knowledge

Combining Human and Machine Knowledge

Combining human and machine intelligence, a favorite thought.  People as peripheral.   How do we do it effectively?System predicts 85 percent of cyber-attacks using input from human expertsVirtual artificial intelligence analyst


From The Eponymous Pickle

Predictive Maintenance

Predictive Maintenance

In O'Reilly.  Nicely done introduction.  Uses Cortana Intelligence Suite.Predictive maintenance meets predictive analyticsDanielle Dean introduces the landscape and challenges of predictive maintenance applications in the manufacturing


From The Eponymous Pickle

Supply Chain Lessons

Supply Chain Lessons

Via Matt Waller.  Practical thoughts.Seven Supply Chain Lessons from a Former Walmart CEOby Alexa CheaterInheriting an organization facing one of the toughest retail environments in history, Mike Duke helped Walmart, the world’s


From XRDS

a place for students to shine at the ACM UIST conference 2016 in Tokyo

a place for students to shine at the ACM UIST conference 2016 in Tokyo

The UIST student innovation contest (aka the “SIC”) is one of those rare moments in a student’s life: a chance to present work at the heart of one of the top venues in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). In fact, UIST …Continue


From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Glow-in-the-Dark Finger Tentacles

Friday Squid Blogging: Glow-in-the-Dark Finger Tentacles

Archie McPhee sells glow-in-the-dark finger tentacles. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....


From The Eponymous Pickle

How to Build a Slack Bot

How to Build a Slack Bot

I was intrigued by the idea of constructing an 'intelligent' bot in Slack.    Have used Slack already for some time., Here is a nicely done example.  Using a Python API.   Programming skill required, but you can get the idea.


From Schneier on Security

How Altruism Might Have Evolved

How Altruism Might Have Evolved

I spend a lot of time in my book Liars and Outliers on cooperating versus defecting. Cooperating is good for the group at the expense of the individual. Defecting is good for the individual at the expense of the group. Given


From The Eponymous Pickle

Marketing Your Personal Data

Marketing Your Personal Data

A old idea, but new ways of making it happen.   Digi Me: " ... started out in 2009 as an innovative tool that enabled users to gather their social content. We won Le Prix d'Argent from over 700 entrants at the LeWeb Startup Competition


From insideHPC

ORNL Supercomputers to Boost National Cancer Moonshot

ORNL Supercomputers to Boost National Cancer Moonshot

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will add its computational know-how to the battle against cancer through several new projects recently announced at the White House Cancer Moonshot Summit. "ORNL brings


From insideHPC

Tony Hey Presents: The Fourth Paradigm – Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery

Tony Hey Presents: The Fourth Paradigm – Data-Intensive Scientific Discovery

Tony Hey from the Science and Technology Facilities Council presented this talk at the The Digital Future conference in Berlin. "Increasingly, scientific breakthroughs will be powered by advanced computing capabilities that help


From insideHPC

White House Releases Strategic Plan for NSCI Initiative

White House Releases Strategic Plan for NSCI Initiative

This week the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released the Strategic Plan for the NSCI Initiative. "The NSCI strives to establish and support a collaborative ecosystem in strategic computing that will support


From insideHPC

Video: Andrew Lumsdaine on Computing Trends at PASC16

Video: Andrew Lumsdaine on Computing Trends at PASC16

In this video from PASC16, Andrew Lumsdaine from Indiana University gives his perspectives on the conference. "The PASC16 Conference, co-sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Swiss National Supercomputing


From The Eponymous Pickle

Facebook's Plans for Virtual Reality

Facebook's Plans for Virtual Reality

A considerable push it seems. The public is not quite ready, but the influence of a Facebook could steer that.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Other Social Channels

Other Social Channels

Many of the posts in this blog are referred to on twitter at https://twitter.com/franzd    Lately the topics most covered are: Analytics (using a very general definition here), Digitization, Marketing, Social,  Retail, Business


From The Eponymous Pickle

Mistakes Managers Make with Analytics

Mistakes Managers Make with Analytics

In the HBR.  Very good points.  Have seen all of these in action.  Some aspect of them come up with every engagement.  Choosing one, not considering the needs and issues behind integration.  If what you plan to do is so good


From The Eponymous Pickle

Pivoting to Digital

Pivoting to Digital

A look mostly at large company examples.   In Knowledge @ Wharton: " ... How Industrial Firms Can Pivot to Digital Business Models In the fourth article of the series, “The Network Revolution: Creating Value through Platforms


From The Eponymous Pickle

Creatives Shouldn't Worry About AI

Creatives Shouldn't Worry About AI

In one way it is like fearing the typewriter or telephone.   But will this latest evolution be fundamentally different?  I see no indication of that yet.  It is still incremental.   Creatives will use it creatively. ...Why Creatives


From Schneier on Security

The Security of Our Election Systems

The Security of Our Election Systems

Russia was behind the hacks into the Democratic National Committee's computer network that led to the release of thousands of internal emails just before the party's convention began, U.S. intelligence agencies have reportedly


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Personality Insights

Watson Personality Insights

Just today I happened to be reintroduced to Personality Insights on the Watson Developer Cloud.  Had taken an earlier look.   Basic version is free to work with.   Can any provide me concrete examples of its use in the wild?More


From The Eponymous Pickle

Game Based Learning

Game Based Learning

An obvious space for the idea, would like to see it taken further.  See my long term coverage of gamification and serious games at the links below.  We even had some successes in the otherwise somber enterprise.   Still following


From The Eponymous Pickle

Wolfram Alpha Sidebar Assistant

Wolfram Alpha Sidebar Assistant

Been away from it for a while, but now you can put add-ons for Google Drive as a Wolfram Alpha Assistant sidebar.    Free,   A sometimes forgotten interactive AI approach that is worth a look.  Will go back for a try.  ".


From insideHPC

14 Students Awarded SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships

14 Students Awarded SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowships

Today SIGHPC announced the first-ever recipients of the ACM SIGHPC/Intel Computational and Data Science Fellowship. The fellowship is funded by Intel and was announced at the high performance computing community’s SC conference


From Phys.org Technology News

Bay Area girls stream into summer coding camps

Bay Area girls stream into summer coding camps

It already feels like the dead of summer, but the girls over at Adobe's coding camp are making it snow.


From The Eponymous Pickle

Being a Change Agent via Analytics

Being a Change Agent via Analytics

Like the simplicity angle ....  How to be a change agent using analytics By Lisa BodellWhat does it mean to be a change agent in business today? When I spoke to the audience at IBM Vision 2016 in May 2016, the theme was fromKill


From The Eponymous Pickle

Technology and Skills

Technology and Skills

In Medium:  A look at how technology is influencing our skills.   Technology has always moved skills to new places.  Retraining takes time and experiences.   So there will be gaps for individuals. You will need to be predictive


From insideHPC

Call for Participation & Student Travel Support: MVAPICH User Group

Call for Participation & Student Travel Support: MVAPICH User Group

The MVAPICH User Group (MUG) meeting has issued its Call for Participation and Student Travel Support. The event takes place August 15-17 in Columbus, Ohio. "Student travel grant support is available for all students (Ph.D./M

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